With the calendar turned to August, it’s time to check in on five players from area high schools and colleges as they compete in the minor leagues.
Brian Schales (Edison High, 2014) Jupiter Hammerheads second baseman: In 89 games this year for single-A Jupiter, Fla., the Edison High product has belted five home runs while collecting 75 hits, and 36 RBIs. Through Thursday, Schales was hitting .260 with 12 doubles for the Miami Marlins’ affiliate.
In a 8-6 win over Florida July 25, Schales went four for five with three runs, a double and one RBI.
In 369 minor league games, Schales has tallied 304 hits, including 50 doubles and 10 home runs, 120 RBIs and scored 152 runs.
Through Thursday, Jupiter stood in third place at 57-50, four games out of first place in the Florida State League South.
Timmy Robinson (Ocean View High, 2012) Staten Island Yankees right fielder: In 24 games, Robinson has hit five home runs among his 17 hits, collected 12 runs batted in and scored 15 runs in the class A short season.
On July 29, Robinson went two for four with one double and one run in Staten Island’s 2-0 win over Tri-City.
Robinson comes off a 2016 season in which he batted .265, tallying eight home runs, 52 RBIs, 30 runs and 61 hits, including 18 doubles in 63 games.
The University of Southern California product earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors in 2015, leading the team with 53 RBIs.
Through Thursday, Staten Island, a New York Yankees’ affiliate, leads the New York-Penn League’s McNamara division at 26-17.
Brandon Brennan (Orange Coast College, 2012) Charlotte Knights pitcher: Brennan has gone 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 10 saves in 33 games this season, including 28 with triple-A Charlotte and five for double-A Birmingham.
The Chicago White Sox drafted Brennan, a right-hander, in 2012. That year, Brennan went 11-1 with a 1.25 ERA in helping OCC reach the four-team state championship tournament. Brennan struck out 72 hitters en route to earning first-team All-State honors.
Matt Whitehouse (UC Irvine, 2013) Akron RubberDucks pitcher: Whitehouse has gone 7-6 with 66 strikeouts in 24 games this season with double-A Akron and triple-A Columbus.
On July 22, Whitehouse helped the Ducks to their fourth straight win, scattering eight hits in five innings while striking out four and walking no one in a 5-4 victory over Richmond.
In a three-game stretch from June 23 to July 4, Whitehouse, drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2013, fanned 15 and walked only two batters.
In three seasons with UCI, the left-hander was 9-6 with a 2.84 ERA.
Hank Conger (Huntington Beach High, 2006) Reno Aces catcher: In 58 games this season, Conger batted .239 with six home runs, 40 RBIs, 43 hits and 20 runs. Reno, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ triple-A affiliate, released Conger, a 2006 Huntington Beach High graduate, on July 28.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted Conger in the first round of the 2006 Major League draft and Conger has spent parts of seven seasons with the Angels, Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros. Conger has appeared in 373 Major League games, tallying a .221 batting average with 224 hits, 31 home runs and 114 RBIs.